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Man suffers serious head injuries in mobility scooter crash

A mobility scooter user in Barnsley suffered serious head injuries after he was involved in a crash with a car.

Police appeal for witnesses to mobility scooter crash

It happened at around 12.30 on the afternoon of Sunday 14 September.

The scooter and the car, an eight-seater Vauxhall Vivaro, are thought to have been travelling the same direction on Smithies Lane when the crash happened.

The man driving the scooter, a 58-year-old Barnsley man, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The 51-year-old Barnsley man driving the Vauxhall was not injured.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the crash to contact them.


School bans packed lunches

A school in Barnsley is facing criticism after deciding to ban children from bringing a packed lunch. Barnsley Council says the move to have school meals only at Milefield Primary is in line with a healthy eating plan.

Pupils at Milefield Primary can no longer bring packed lunches to school

The school’s governing body took the decision to implement “a whole school meal provision” in line with The Children and Families Act 2014/Universal Infant Free School Meals Plan. In a statement the school said:

"This new act aims to support schools to ensure pupils eat more healthily, perform better academically as a result from health eating, improve their behaviour and Improve their social skills. For £1.75 per day every child is provided with the following: · A slice of white/wholemeal toast for breakfast. · A carton of milk and a healthy snack mid-morning. · A traditional meal at lunchtime followed by a dessert (all made fresh daily). · A piece of fruit/vegetable in the afternoon. The new policy has been well received by the overwhelming majority of pupils and parents. When we first announced the policy we made sure that those with concerns could contact us, and where parents have raised concerns and contacted us via the email address we specified in the initial correspondence, we have been more than happy to meet up and listen.

This offer remains in place."

Man jailed for raping woman in her own home

A man from Barnsley has been jailed for 12 years after pleading guilty to raping a woman in her own home earlier this year.

Matthew David Jones jailed for rape of woman in her own home Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Matthew David Jones, 30, of Carlton, admitted two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault and one count of false imprisonment on Friday 27 June.

He was given a 20-year extended sentence at Sheffield Crown Court today.

He will serve 12 years of his sentence in prison with the remainder to be served on licence.

Jones forced his way into an address in the Huddersfield Road area of Barnsley in the early hours of Saturday 8 March.

He subjected a 20-year-old woman to a prolonged serious sexual assault and threatened the victim with a knife during the attack.

Jones left the property and the woman, who did not know her attacker, was then able to contact police.

He was arrested four days later.

This was a horrific and prolonged ordeal for the victim who has remained strong throughout the investigation. It will no doubt take a long time for the victim to come to terms with what happened and she continues to receive support from various agencies to help her to move on with her life. The sentence imposed today reflects the seriousness of the offence which was clearly pre-planned by the defendant. South Yorkshire Police takes all reports of rape and sexual violence seriously and will investigate them thoroughly.

– Detective Sergeant Rob Platts

Man in hospital after collision with cyclist

A 37-year-old man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries following a collision in Cudworth, Barnsley on Monday.

At around 6.05pm a cyclist was travelling along Barnsley Road, Cudworth, in the general direction of Barnsley.

It is believed that the cyclist collided with with a 37-year-old male pedestrian.

The cyclist, a 20-year-old man, was not injured. The pedestrian was taken to hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries.

Officers have asked anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact them.

Police Commissioner Wright cancels Barnsley surgery

South Yorkshire's under-fire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright, who has faced repeated calls to resign in the wake of the Rotherham child exploitation scandal, has cancelled his public surgery today in Barnsley.

His office say it has been cancelled because no-one made an appointment to see Mr Wright.

Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner Credit: ITV Yorkshire


March turnout 'testament' to public feeling over NHS, says founder

The number of people joining the NHS march is testament to public feeling over the service according to the march founder. Rehana Azam and Joan Keane from GMB Union set off from Barnsley Hospital along with other campaingners on the latest leg of a march to London that echoes the Jarrow march of 1936. They will take a letter to Nick Clegg's office in Sheffield highlighting concerns about health cuts.

NHS campaigners set off on 'Jarrow' march

Campaigners fighting to save the NHS have set off from Barnsley Hospital on the latest leg of a march to London that echoes the Jarrow march of 1936.

NHS campaigners set off from Barnsley hospital Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The group are heading for Sheffield where there will be a rally later today. They want the Government to reverse what they claim is a sell off of the NHS to private firms and see services increased for patients.

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